To further explore this problem, I interviewed a few students and parents to see if they had similar experiences to mine. I also asked them if they thought a more streamlined online education system would be helpful.
” Yeah, I have had a lot of those same problems here, our transition to online school was pretty abrupt and I’m still having some issues staying on top of my work.”– Allison, a student from New York
” I’ve had some issues staying in contact with my teachers and completing classwork recently.”– Grayson, a student from Louisiana
“This switch has definitely been stressful for our family, as we have kids at multiple schools and have to deal with a bunch of systems every morning for each kid. A simplified system for each child would be nice.”– Scott, a parent from Alabama
I am highlighting two of the responses I got, which I think adequately express the sentiment surrounding the technology at use during this crisis. Students need more guidance and support to help them get there work done, and I think this can be remedied with an app.
My research into this topic seems to suggest there is a market for a service like this, and I have seen firsthand that my business model would be viable, as my school currently pays a subscription for a service that I would look to replace. My app would have a variety of features not available for my school currently, such as a dedicated calendar with integration with students phones; this aims to give students easier access to their material and keep it all in a centralized location. I would also add an instant messenger feature to allow teachers and students to better communicate. Also, I aim to implement a feature that would allow for teachers to suggest a completion time for an assignment for students. In combination, I think these features would support my goal of streamlined my schools technology and supporting performance increases among students. Also, I think the idea would be easily scalable and could be brought to a variety of schools in the future without much of an increase in expenses.
In the future I plan to further explore development of a service such as this, possibly implementing it at my school next year. This summer would be the time for app development and testing, after a deal with my school is secured. Ideally, the app would be pro-bono for my school initially, serving the community and giving me an opportunity to prove the system. I would then follow up the implementation at my school with trying to add other schools in the area to a subscription based model. I would like to continue this project and further develop the idea in the future. However, I need to do more research in regards to the project’s viability outside of my school. This is where you come in
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